Sex offender gets life
WAXAHACHIE –Members of an Ellis County Jury took less than 35 minutes to convict 50-year-old Robert Kevin Cox, of Waxahachie, for the felony offense of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and indecency with a child Friday, Sept. 16.
The charge of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, commonly referred to as “Jessica’s Law,” carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison with no possibility of parole.
In 2005, 9 –year- old Jessica Lunsford, of Florida, was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered by a convicted sex offender.
The Texas legislature enacted “Jessica’s Law” in 2007, to provide for harsh punishment of offenders like Robert Kevin Cox who commit two or more acts of sexual abuse to a young child during a period that is 30 days or more in duration.
Prosecutor Lindy Tober told the jurors Robert Kevin Cox should spend the rest of his life in prison dealing with the consequences of his actions, because the victim will spend her life dealing with what he did to her.
The jury sentenced Cox to life in prison on the continuous sexual abuse of a young child and the maximum of 20 years in prison for the indecency with a child.
40th District Court Judge Bob Carroll ordered those sentences are to run consecutively.
At the time of trial Cox was free on $105,000.00 bail for the two charges.
County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson stated, “There is no happy ending for anyone involved in this type of case. There is only a just ending. Justice was served by the jury. We are grateful for their verdicts.”